Kabwe’s silent killer

Google search Kabwe Zambia and you’ll find a lot of reading about the lead pollution, caused by the long closed lead and zinc mine. Lead poisoning can cause brain damage among other serious things and can lead to death. Children playing in the soil in affected areas are at highest risk. However, step in to a hospital right near the worst affected townships and you won’t even find a lead testing kit! A local doctor tells this in the article below:

It’s hard when you’re not tracking. It’s absent in our documents. It’s just not there.”

And Human rights watch (HRW) tells of how they’ve tried to engage the government for the release of a fresh report but that the government, instead of working together for the betterment of the people of Kabwe, blamed HRW of an “attempt to discredit the government.” Apparently their image is more important than rolling up their sleeves to clean up the mess.

Read full article here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/08/23/zambia-lead-contamination-imperils-children

And the full 88 page report here: https://www.hrw.org/report/2019/08/23/we-have-be-worried/impact-lead-contamination-childrens-rights-kabwe-zambia

Download it here: https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/zambia0819_web.pdf

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